Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney speaks at a press conference on April 27, 2017. Putney addressed the use of force shown in bodycam footage from a March 2016 arrest.
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'Indefensible,' Putney Says Of Officer Who Held Gun To Suspect's Head

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will not defend the actions of a police officer who tackled a suspect, pressed a gun to his head, and said "I will kill you," while making an arrest last year. Still, Putney says the officer's actions were legal.

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The First 100 Days: Trump's Action Plan Annotated

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter . Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward." The end of this week marks the 100th day of President Trump's term, and NPR is revisiting his full action plan, with annotations from journalists throughout the newsroom, taking stock of how the president's accomplishments compare with his campaign promises.

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The Big Read Is Underway

Nov 10, 2005

(11/10/05) Catawba county residents are participating in a county-wide reading program that started last month. To commemorate Veterans Day organizer and English professor Rand Brandes facilitated a discussion of the Vietnam war themed book "The Things They Carried." WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Professor Brandes about the first of its kind community-wide reading program in Catawba County. www.thebigread.net

Flu Shot Update

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) If you've been looking for a flu shot but haven't been able to find one you're not alone. Many drugstores and supermarkets have had to cancel or postpone their flu shot clinics because their shipments of vaccines never arrived. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Stephen Keener with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and asked him to explain the shortages.

Two More Years for Mayor McCrory

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) It's a good thing Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory likes his job, because he's got a few more years in office. McCrory easily defeated Democrat challenger Craig Madans with 56 percent of the vote. This will be McCrory's sixth term in office. In other election news, voters rejected a multi-million dollar Charlotte Mecklenburg School bonds package, although they did approve one for Central Piedmont Community College. 

Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change the way it measures air pollution from power plants. Opponents say the agency's proposed new rule would increase air pollution by allowing fossil fuel power plants to run longer. But Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick says it will all help the EPA reach their clean air goals more efficiently. From WFAE's Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea has more.

Stuffed

Nov 7, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

A Low Maintenance Halloween

Nov 3, 2005

(10/31/05) Some people can't wait until Halloween. After all, it's a time to binge on Kit Kats and play dress up. But WFAE commentator Kristin Sherman says she wishes the holiday weren't so high maintenance.

Geddings Resigns from Lottery Commission

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Charlotte marketing executive Kevin Geddings resigned Monday from the just formed North Carolina Lottery Commission. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Geddings about what led to his decision to resign. (note: interview was given prior to news of Geddings' company having received $24,000 from a potential lottery vendor)

Delta Departing Hickory

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Air travelers and city leaders in Hickory were dealt a blow recently when Delta announced it was pulling its service out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The company's initial plan was to pull out at the end of this month, but a technicality has extended the service to January. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright about the situation and the city's quest to line up another commercial carrier.

Charlotte Mayoral Preview

Nov 1, 2005

(11/01/05) Next week, Charlotte voters will go to the polls to, among other things, choose a mayor. Their options are clear: five-term incumbent and, very visible, Pat McCrory, or his challenger, Democrat Craig Madans. McCrory has defeated Madans in the past, but Madans is more confident than ever that he'll be able to unseat the Republican. It sets up a showdown that some say isn't much of a showdown at all. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

Katrina's Continuing Impact

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) The impact of Hurricane Katrina and other recent natural disasters continues to be felt in Charlotte. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with United Way of Central Carolinas' President Gloria Pace King for an update.

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News In Brief

BofA Shareholders Hold Annual Meeting; Police Charge Man With 2016 Fatal Shooting

At Wednesday's annual shareholder meeting, Bank of America investors rejected a series of stockholder proposals , including one to keep the jobs of chairman and CEO separate, and another that required the bank to prepare a gender pay gap report.

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Charlotte Homicides In 2017 - A Look At The Victims

WFAE is tracking Charlotte’s homicides, and remembering the victims, through this interactive timeline.

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As the annual celebration of poetry comes to an end, we’re pleased to share two poems from Mimi Herman, the North Carolina 2017 Piedmont Laureate in Poetry.

High Tea

The second time we dine at the Savoy,

I wear the clothes that make my father think

I am his daughter, and perhaps the boy

He thought he’d raised will have Earl Grey to drink.

The lipstick and the stockings and the heels

Disorient my father over scones

And salmon sandwiches, and so he tells

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